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After nearly three decades of pulling the strings and voicing the iconic Muppet, puppeteer Steve Whitmire on Thursday publicly announced he has been fired from the role of Kermit the Frog. Whitmire made the announcement in a blog post, writing “that he’s leaving against his will, and would ‘never consider abandoning Kermit,’ ” according to The Associated Press.

Whitmire said he learned he was being recast as the famous frog in October. Neither Whitmire nor Muppets Studios offered explanations for his departure, the AP reported.